Henry County Public Health information.

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Henry County Public Health provides many services to the residents of Henry County including:

Immunizations (hours see right side of page)
All childhood immunization are available. Children eligible for VFC (Vaccine for Children) * are free of charge.
* VFC eligible children are 0-18 years of age who meet one or more of the following criteria:
• Enrolled in Medicaid
• Uninsured (have no insurance)
• Underinsured (have health care coverage but the benefit plan does not include coverage for immunizations)
Adult immunizations available include Hepatitis A and B, Pneumococcal, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Gardasil, Polio, Meningitis, Varicella, Shingrix and Flu. TB testing is also available.

Homemaker Program
This program is designed to help our senior residents remain in their homes. Services include assistance with bathing, light housekeeping, laundry, errands and meal preparation. There may be a fee which would be on a sliding scale based on household income and other resources.

Health Maintenance Program
Registered nurses provide visits to residents that are not eligible for a Medicare certified agency. Services include medication set-up, health assessments, blood draws and other health interventions. This program may have a fee charged based on a sliding fee scale.

Newborn Home Visitor Program
All infants born at Henry County Health Center and those born elsewhere but live in Henry County are eligible for a home visit by a nurse. A RN will share information on infant health, safety, parenting, normal growth and development and community resources. An infant assessment including feeding issues is also included. Home visits are free of charge.

Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead poisoning prevention is an important Public Health Service. Lead poisoning is a silent disease:
• You may not know if your home has lead paint—homes built before 1960 frequently have lead based paint.
• Your child can have lead poisoning and not seem sick.
• Children with lead poisoning may have learning disabilities and behavior problems. Serious cases can lead to death.
A blood sample from your child’s finger is all that is needed to obtain a lead level for your child. All Iowa children must have proof of a blood lead test before starting kindergarten or as soon after that as the parents are notified that the child needs a test. Testing is done during WIC Clinics and by appointment at the Public Health office. Children living in older homes commonly ingest lead through paint chips, dust, or soil around the exterior of the home. In the case of a child poisoned at 20ug/dl or more, a certified lead inspector will conduct an environmental inspection to identify lead hazards in the home.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
The “Care for Yourself” program helps eligible women in Iowa receive mammograms, clinical breast exams and Pap tests at no cost. These services are provided by qualified local physicians, nurses and other health care providers.
To be eligible for the Care for Yourself program you must:
• Be 50 – 64 years old*
• Have limited financial resources
• Have full medical insurance but has at least one barrier to receiving services
• Have medical insurance but is underinsured
• Have no medical insurance
*Some services may be available for women under 50 or over 64 years of age

Maternal Health Program
Provides information and support to pregnant women to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby. A nurse will help program participants:
• Find a medical provider
• Access the health insurance process and other financial resources.
• Enroll in prenatal education classes
• Learn basic nutritional needs during pregnancy and after the baby is born
• Arrange a dental screening assessment, fluoride varnish, education and referral for dental care
• Provide prenatal and postpartum home visits as indicated

Countywide Wellness
Public Health is working to improve the health and wellbeing of our county residents by working in partnership with the Healthy Henry County Communities Coalition. The Coalition is currently focusing on activities in the categories of Eat Well, Move More, and Feel Better. Their vision for a healthy Henry County is welcoming, safe communities where residents enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle and strong multi-generational social connections.
The Coalition meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 1pm. To learn more visit http://www.HealthyHenryCounty.org or call 319-385-0779 and ask for Kelly Carr.

Health Pulse Alliance
The Health Pulse Alliance was formed in 2017 to work on the Federal HRSA grant. This is a network of individuals and organizations working to strengthen the rural healthcare system. Their vision is to increase the collaboration between network members and provide a comprehensive care continuum process that addresses healthcare needs. The primary project goals are 1. Recognize the top health related needs in Henry County, 2. Develop a system to be responsive to needs of residents and to the changing environment of health care by 2020, 3. Work with network and community partners to address gaps in the population health environment, and 4. Ensure awareness of resources and services available to Henry County residents.

CARE LINKS is a program where trained staff can work with you to connect you to resources and services you may need to improve your daily living. For example, we would help connect you to:
• Medical and/or behavioral care, including preventative services
• Social and other supports to gain and maintain an independent lifestyle
• Food, clothing, housing or other basic needs
• Educational or vocational services
What will CARE LINKS do for me?
• CARE LINKS staff will meet with you to listen to the needs you and your family have
• We will work together to find the services you may need
• CARE LINKS staff will assist you to make those contacts and follow up with you to see if you were able to get the help you needed
• We can also aid communicating with other service providers

Who is eligible?
All Henry County and surrounding area residents can participate in CARE LINKS. This is a FREE program. Stop in Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm or call 319-385-0779 to make an appointment.

Better Choices Better Health
This workshop series is taught by trained leaders and meets weekly for 6 weeks. It is designed to teach adults to become effective self-managers of their chronic health conditions.
The workshops will:
• Introduce techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, pain, and depression.
• Help participants improve and maintain strength and flexibility, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand ways to manage medication side effects and regimens, learn relaxation techniques, and how to handle difficult emotions.
• Teach participants to become more confident about communicating effectively with family and health care providers.
• Assist participants in the development of action plans and goal setting.
Presumptive Eligibility
We provide screening for Presumptive Eligibility, which immediately enrolls eligible children into Medicaid health insurance without waiting for the application to be fully processed through DHS. This allows them to be seen at physicians and dentist offices that would normally accept Medicaid patients.

Emergency Preparedness
The Iowa Department of Health participates with local, state and federal partners to increase the state’s ability to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.
We invite you to be a part of our preparedness effort. In this publication, you’ll find information on how to make a plan for communicating with your loved ones and coordinating their actions if a public emergency occurs.
Click here to view the Protect Iowa Health Guidebook

Communicable Disease Follow-Up
The Communicable Disease Control Program provides ongoing surveillance and control of significant infectious diseases such as meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough), salmonella, tuberculosis, e-coli and hepatitis. Our staff works with medical providers, hospitals and laboratories to:
• Detect and report cases of significant infectious disease.
• Investigate the circumstances of each case.
• Provide pertinent information to families and communities.
• Recommend and implement measures to control the spread of disease.
• Provide infection-control training to community agencies and organizations.


Address of Henry County
Public Health office:
106 N. Jackson St.
Suite 103
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

Hours Office is Open:
8:00 A.M.– 4:30 P.M.
Monday - Friday
Immunization Clinic Hours:
Tuesday 9-11 AM
Wednesday/Thursday 1-4 PM
1st & 3rd Thursday
of each month 1-6 PM
Phone Number:
(319) 385-0779

FAX Number:
(319) 385-1802

Board of Health Members:

Mary Liechty Chairperson

Greg Moeller
Vice Chair

Dr. Thomas Bainbridge

Lois Roth

Sue Weiss

Missy Campbell
Shelley Van Dorin
Robin Poole
Cindy Litchfield
Lori Bolin
Angie Rhum
Kelly Carr
Anna Chapin
April Riley
Kenzie Lintz

Public Health Forms
Downloadable forms
used in the Public office

Public Health Links:
Center for Disease Control - Travellers Health

Iowa Department of Public Health

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